The Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013 had devastating effect for families in the Philippines. For 2,660 people life became easier when they received water filters that provide them with safe drinking water.
The super typhoon, known as Yolanda in the Philippines, sustained winds of 235 kph with surges of 275 kph of devastation impact.
- 14.9 million people affected
- 4.1 million people displaced
- 6,100+ reported dead
- 26,233 reported injured
- 1.2 million damaged houses
266 water filters
One of the biggest challenges after a typhoon is access to safe drinking water, which often leads to spread of diseases. Water Charity in partnership with Wine to Water decided deal with this through supplying Sawyer water filters.
The Sawyer PointONE water filter removes 99.99% of harmful bacteria, protozoa, or cysts like E. coli, Giradia, Cholera, and Typhoid.
With funding from the SLOW LIFE Foundation, Water Charity provided in total 266 filters and containers, supplying an estimated 2,660 poeple with safe drinking water throughout Tacloban City – one of the worst hit cities.
Long lasting relief
Four areas around Tacloban City received the filters. These were picked because they were some of the most in need and getting only “temporary relief” in the form on Hypsol chlorine solution or water trucks.
These relief services were only lasting for a short period. Then, the locals were forced to go back to getting standing water or going to their contaminated wells.
The implementation was inclusive. The team had meetings with the community captains who organised meetings with heads of the household. Here it was discussed the importance of clean water and sanitation and its relation to better health and livelihood.
Filthy brown water was run through the water and the team drank the perfectly clean water so that all could see the benefit and gain trust of the filters.
Once this was done families received the Sawyer filters, which will have a lasting impact that will improve the people’s lives.